1987 : Wrestlemania III Sets Attendance Record in Pontiac

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Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker, provided some comic relief

Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker, provided some comic relief for WrestleMania III, especially during his pre-match interview with Andre the Giant.

WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). The event was held on March 29, 1987 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.

For the record, Hulk Hogan defeated Andre the Giant in the final event.

The event is particularly notable for the record attendance of 93,173, the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event in North America. The event is considered to be the pinnacle of the 1980s wrestling boom. The record itself stood until February 14, 2010 when the 2010 NBA All-Star Game broke the indoor sporting event record with an attendance of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium. The WWF generated $1.6 million in ticket sales. Almost one million fans watched the event at 160 closed circuit locations in North America. The number of people watching via pay-per-view was estimated at several million, and pay-per-view revenues were estimated at $10 million.

Source : Wikipedia entry

Eric Lacey, “Andre the Giant’s legendary drinking tales tied to Wrestlemania III match with Hulk Hogan at Pontiac Silverdome”, MLive, January 27, 2013.

Do You Have A Favorite Drunkard?, Modern Drunkard Magazine.

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